Gray Malin: Photos that speak summer

Sperry, Italian Riviera, Veuve Clicquot, Martha's Vineyard, Summer, Beaches: They all conjure up the essence of Gray Malin's art.

The often aerial photographer's work makes you feel like you could land in and live an endless summer.

He captures beaches, sun bathers, exotic animals, spectacular swimming pools, and scenes that mesmerize.

And he has partnered with Sperry shoes, creating ironically designed boat shoes, and Veuve Clicquot, depicting champagne visions for stunning brand imagery.

His newest images share Martha's Vineyard, check them out here:

Mr. Malin's Lifestyle Blog is well worth a visit; it includes lots of great "how to's" such as Tips & Tricks for Picture Hanging, How to Work from a Coffee Shop, and Top Ten Lists such as the best Ros├ęs. See everything Gray Malin here:

Behind the Scenes II: Summer Collection 2017

Last month, ellelauri hit the city streets to get some great shots of the ellelauri Summer Collection. This collection includes pieces that are perfect from city to beach and vacation spots in between with ruffles, lace, tassels, and off shoulder looks for a steamy, sizzling summer.

 Make up artist Rosa with final touches for Liv.

Serena, stylist, and Ashlee, photographer, working with Liv.

The Isla Dress is an off the shoulder, tasseled detailed dress pairing two of summer's hottest trends. Perfect for summer in a 100% light and airy cotton.

 Bold red provides a brilliant contrast backdrop for this classic black dress.

The Ophelia Dress in ribbed cotton material is light and comfortable for even the hottest days. The fit and material make this dress flattering for every body type.

We were happy to find a fun and flowery back drop.

 The Mabel Top is blue and white pinstriped top that perfectly with white denim. The bell sleeves are a top summer trend.

The photo shoot crew is always just steps away for any spur of the moment update to hair, make up, or accessory.

A casual flower backdrop for a casual summer day.

ellelauri's Kaia Romper has emerald, navy and black stripes in the perfect combination to complement the summer white. This is a fun and playful look for running around the city or at the beach. 

The Kaia Romper, on the streets of Philly.

Thanks to everyone who made our summer photo shoot a pleasure to capture!

ellelauri Summer Collection is available now:

Behind the Scenes I: Summer Collection 2017

We've just wrapped up the ellelauri Summer Collection photo shoot and are excited to share some behind the scenes moments of our prep and studio shots at Philly Photo Studio.

 First up: Hair and make up with model Liv and make up artist Rosa. 

With a long day ahead it's important to start hydrating early.
  Sitting for hair and makeup takes lots of patience and a little distraction helps.

 Liv is pictured here wearing our Cora top, a great summer look with subdued ruffle detail.

 The Willa dress, above, is sleeveless with lace trim.

These ladies are behind the scenes taking care of prep and moving the shots along: photographer Ashlee Mintz, design intern Rachel, and ellelauri Buyer Amanda Campfield.

Serena, our stylist, is getting ready for the afternoon and our outdoor lifestyle shots!

Ophelia Dress is the perfect summer staple. The ribbed cotton material is light -- perfect for hot days and nights.

 That's a wrap for now ... check our next blog post for Summer Collection: The Outdoor Session.

 ellelauri Summer Collection is available now:

Holiday 2016

Tis the season! The holidays are officially upon us and we sat down with ellelauri founder, Liz Rymar, to discuss some of her favorite (and least favorite) holiday trends! 

ellelauri: What are the biggest trends for holiday?

Liz: Velvet, winter white, and lace. Our Noel velvet dress is perfect for the holiday and right on trend. 

ellelauri: Year after year, there are some things that are notorious with holiday fashion; what is your favorite and what is your least favorite?

Liz: My favorite is sparkle! I love wearing sequins or sparkle around the holidays. Sometimes it is a full sequin dress and other times I incorporate them more subtly such as pairing an outfit with a fun, sparkly shoe. My least favorite would be any time of ugly sweater. I think those are the worst.

ellelauri: Do you have any tips for transforming plain clothes into a festive holiday outfit?

Liz: Add a sparkly sequin blazer! Our Colette blazer is perfect! You can also add a red scarf, a metallic shoe, or sapphire jewels.

ellelauri: What is your favorite piece for holiday that is currently in the store?

Liz: It's so hard to choose just one! We have so many amazing pieces right now!

Check out ellelauri in Rittenhouse Square or Chestnut Hill for some great holiday pieces.

Paleo Pumpkin Bars

The holidays are fast approaching which means most of us will be eating our way through the next two months. Enjoying holiday treats doesn't mean we have to forego our healthy lifestyles. Here is a recipe for pumpkin bars that are not only healthy but paleo and vegan too!

Paleo Pumpkin Bars

¾ cup creamy almond butter
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 overripe medium banana
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
⅓ cup chocolate chips and/or walnuts

1) Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8x8in square baking dish with cooking spray.
2) Place almond butter, pumpkin, banana, maple syrup, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir until well-combined.
3) Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring until smooth.
4) Pour into prepared baking dish, smoothing with a spatula. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

These guilt-free treats take 15 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook. They are absolutely delicious!!

Chestnut Hill

ellelauri Chestnut Hill is officially open!

Founder, Liz Rymar, fell in love with the quaint neighborhood and decided it was the perfect spot for ellelauri's newest pop-up shop. Chestnut Hill is known for its beautiful homes as well as its charming downtown area. Here are some of our favorite businesses in Chestnut Hill.

ellelauri of course!

Cake is a cute bakery and bistro that serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch
Cin Cin has some of the best Chinese food we've ever had
Osaka is our go-to sushi spot
The Chestnut Hill Farmer's Market is great for fresh produce

Robertson's makes the prettiest arrangements

Come visit ellelauri Chestnut Hill located at 8513 Germantown Ave.

Fall Activities

We can't get enough of fall; cozy sweaters, flannels, and a ton of fun activities. Here are some of our favorites:

Apple picking and Pumpkin carving 
What to wear: a cute flannel and denim


Going out for some fall inspired cocktails 
What to wear: a cozy sweater and leather leggings 

Walking through the leaves 
What to wear: Layer- start with a tank under a flannel and bring a sweater, this way you are prepared for all of fall's temperature changes throughout the day

What to wear: A costume of course!